PAS will back down if Parliament rejects hudud bill, info chief says

Syed Jaymal Zahiid, Malay Mail Online

A PAS leader reiterated today that any move to implement hudud in Kelantan will need to go through the proper democratic process and said the Islamist party is willing to accept defeat if it fails to obtain parliamentary approval.

Party information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar, in dismissing talks about the possible collapse of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) over PAS’s hudud push, claimed the federal opposition bloc had already agreed that the Islamist party had the right to pursue the matter if was done with the condition that it went through the due process.

“I don’t think PR would collapse as we have reached an agreement that PAS and DAP agree to disagree on this matter… everyone has the right to talk about this matter and express their opinion in Parliament.

“And if Parliament rejects it, then Kelantan will not be able to implement the Shariah Enactment. This means PAS must accept if Parliament rejects Kelantan’s move to implement the Shariah Enactment,” Mahfuz told reporters at the party’s headquarters here.

The Pokok Sena MP added that he hoped allies in PR would act as “real democrats” and “keep an open mind” that PAS had the right to pursue its hudud goals in Kelantan.

“Then they would accept the fact that the Enactment was already in place even before PR was formed. This must be agreed upon,” he said.